What is MAS?
My American Studies is an informal network and space for AM/CAN Studies Postgrads, Undergrads, and ECRs.Whether your research focuses on the literary, the audio, or the cultural, this is the place to talk about it. We aim to develop alongside your research, providing a community that will support, inform, and encourage your research (and you). Doing a Degree, MPhil, PhD, and/or Postdoctorate can be challenging and lonely at times, we’re here to let you know you’re not on your own.
Every month we call for submissions on a different theme. We ask for posts of 500-750 words that somehow feeds or responds to the topic. We encourage articles/posts/thoughts/musings that comment on your research – how it’s progressing, what you’re working on – in any depth that you’re comfortable with. In terms of format, we ask for submissions to be in a broadsheet style with the sources noted.
Submissions will be accepted until the end of the following month. You can submit a piece at any time within this period. Each month’s theme is first revealed on Twitter (@MyAmericanStudy) so if you follow us you’ll get a head-start. If it’s your first submission, please provide a couple of sentences about you (and your research) in the email.
If you have any ideas for themes, or have a proposal for a post that is outside the monthly topic, then please contact us. We are always open to comments, questions, and (especially) moments of genius.
Send your work and/or ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org
Jade Tullett is a PhD candidate at the University of Winchester. Her research evidences a symbiosis between popular music, punk, and high art, exemplified in a majority of state-funded national gallery shows in European and American art instutitions. Her thesis uses a transatlantic trajectory to consider flows of popular and high-status culture, and the art historical curation of ‘punk’ in gallery shows. Jade’s research traces curatorial approaches of ‘punk’ in a selection of significant exhibitions, producing a critical understanding of its institutionalisation, whilst considering what is at stake in the annexation of artefacts into the gallery space. Jade created My American Studies in 2013, and is also Assistant Editor of U.S. Studies Online.
Juliet Williams is a PhD student at the University of Winchester, where she also completed her BA in American Studies. Juliet’s research interests include American postfeminism and contemporary postfeminist culture, representations of racial and gendered identity, and the history and experience of African American women. Juliet’s undergraduate thesis, ‘Examining the Representation of American Femininity and Feminism in the Television Series, Gilmore Girls’ (2013), was published in the 5th edition of the University of Winchester e-journal ALFRED. Juliet’s PhD thesis investigates the emergence of new forms of racial and gendered identity in contemporary American popular culture. Her research focuses specifically on the omission of issues if race in postfeminist theory and popular culture, examining representations of African American women in contemporary American popular cultural texts. Juliet joined the My American Studies editorial team in October 2015.